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LaHood: ports can help boost economic recovery


Tuesday, February 9, 2010
LaHood was whisked away after his Port Summit talk and did not take reporters’ questions according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
LaHood was whisked away after his Port Summit talk and did not take reporters’ questions according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood this past weekend at the first-ever National Port Summit here told representatives from more than 50 port agencies that ports are “the real economic engines all over America,” and that they can help boost the country’s financial recovery.

Port authorities and other government entities are set to receive $600 million in investment grants.

Meanwhile, the National Retail Federation wrote a letter to LaHood complaining that a move by the Ports of , Los Angeles and Seattle to induce Congress to change the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act governing regulation of motor carrier business, has no bearing on clean air and will fragment and hinder port and interstate commerce.

 “We urge you and the Administration to oppose these efforts as we believe they will be detrimental to interstate commerce and U.S. competitiveness,” the letter stated.

The letter said the clean air push by ports is a veiled effort to change the FAAA regulations governing motor carrier pricing, routes and services, and called it an “effort to undermine federal preemption of interstate commerce.”

The letter said efforts by the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach have achieved an 80 percent reduction in diesel emissions but noted that was achieved ahead of schedule “without changes in federal law.”

An American Trucking Associations’ lawsuit condemning the validity of banning owner-operators at the Port of L.A. under the guise of clean air was upheld in court and the NRF letter also said port efforts regarding FAAA guidelines are trying to circumvent the court and “overturn losses in the federal courts restricting local regulation of truck drayage services.”

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the National Industrial Transportation League, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Los Angeles Customs Brokers, the World Shipping Council, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and Freight Forwarders Association were among the 31 organizations that also signed the letter.

LaHood was whisked away after his Port Summit talk and did not take reporters’ questions according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Trucker may be contacted to comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

 

 

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